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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

National park tackles invasive plants

Himalayan Balsam. Photo by Nan Sykes.
The North York Moors national park is tackling non-native plant species on the Esk, Seph and Rye river catchments throughout September.

The Yorkshire Water-funded programme will tackle Japanese knotweed and Himalayan balsam which pose a threat to native plants and animals.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Educating Rita Esk Valley Style

A professional theatre company located in the North York Moors National Park is presenting one of the UK’s best-loved comedies this summer, Willy Russel's Educating Rita from today until 3 September.

An education ... Amy Spencer and Ian Crowe during reheasals.
Photo by Tony Bartholomew.
Glaisdale-based Esk Valley Theatre has turned its attention to the 1980 Society of West End Theatre comedy of the year winner. The the film version saw stars Michael Caine and Julie Walters nominated for Oscars, and winning Golden Globes and Baftas.

The production is directed by Mark Stratton while Frank and Rita are portrayed by Ian Crowe, who local theatregoers may remember from his role as the flamboyant Sven Gali in Aladdin at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre at Christmas 2014, and a young talent from Liverpool, actress Amy Spencer.

Mark said: “We all like to root for the underdog who overcomes adversity, and that’s a great reason to do a play like Educating Rita.

Now in its 12th summer season, the theatre is located in the Robinson Institute in Glaisdale, eight miles west of Whitby.

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Monday, 25 July 2016

Week-long event celebrates our treasured 'breathing spaces'

Adventure is the theme of this year’s UK-wide National Parks Week, which starts today (25 July) – and there'll be plenty of that given that we have two of Britain's 'breathing spaces' in North Yorkshire.

On the menu ... food tasting at the North York Moors national park.
Photo by Brian Nicholson.
The teams at the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales national parks are getting in on the act and have been busy drawing up a long list of activities including drystone wall demonstrations, geocaching, getting close up to nature, heritage trails, kite making and flying, treasure hunts and musical events to name but a few.
National Parks UK director Kathryn Cook said: "Our 15 wonderfully diverse national parks offer a great range of events and activities – there really is something for everyone to enjoy. So whether you’re a thrill seeker or you are looking for something a little less energetic, we encourage you to get out and be a part of the incredible landscapes that make this country so unique."

Saturday, 23 July 2016

National park has designs on good building in North York Moors

An awards scheme that recognises developments that enhance the character of the North York Moors national park is once again open for entries.

The 2016 Design Awards, sponsored by artisan glassmakers Gillies Jones, showcase the great design work in the area. The winner of each category will receive a commemorative glass bowl from Gillies Jones. The event, held every two years, celebrates the positive contribution that good design can have on local communities.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Holy Moly ... this national park festival's a Cracker

Holy Moly .. a packed
programme for ParkFest.
ParkFest returns to the North York Moors National Park this weekend (Saturday (23 July – Sunday 24 July).

Dynamic ‘gypsy folk and roll’ band Holy Moly and the Crackers kickstart events fresh from their Glastonbury debut as they take centre stage at 7pm on Saturday. The band plays a lively, moonshine mix of Romani, Americana and contemporary British folk-rock.

Set in the grounds of the Moors National Park Centre, Danby, ParkFest 2016 is being held during National Parks Week, where people get an opportunity to explore, discover and celebrate the special qualities of the nation's national parks.

Sunday sees the traditional family fun day into the park which includes a range of events from outdoor activities, crafts, wildlife, nature and conservation, food and produce, to history and heritage.
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Water great way to celebrate our rivers

River Est project officer Simon Hirst
leads a guided walk in the national park.
The North York Moors National Park celebrates everything that's great about our waterways with a rivers festival on Sunday 28 August.

Visitors can learn about wildlife, go on a river walk, watch fishing demonstrations, have a go at fly casting , led by professional fisherman Olly Shepherd from Fly Fishing Yorkshire, and get up-close with river bugs.

The event, taking place at The Moors National Park Centre in Danby is being organised with the Yorkshire Est Rivers Trust and is part of the Discovering the Esk project, which has received a funding boost from the Postcode Local Trust.

Organisers say the project increases opportunities for people of all ages in the Esk Valley and wider area to get involved in environmentally focused activities and community monitoring schemes such as Riverfly Monitoring, Adopt a Stream, Young Angler Initiative and Salmon in the Classroom. The festival will help to advance local people’s knowledge, and provide them with the opportunity and support to learn about and care for their local river.

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Residents' views will shape plan

Give us your views! That's the message to residents of the North York Moors National Park.

The park authority is seeking views on topics such as planning, services and communications in its latest residents’ Survey.

The survey is available in electronic and hard copy. The says the views will help shape a business plan to guide how the park authority spends its money and the work it does over the next four years.

Authority chief executive Andy Wilson said: “It’s really important for us to understand the views and feelings of our residents. They help to shape the work we do. I’d like to encourage everyone who receives the survey to take a few minutes to provide us with their views, to ensure we are making the right decisions in the future.”

Monday, 4 July 2016

Sutton Bank team masters the fine art of celebrating the tour

Welcome to Yorkshire's chief executive Sir Gary Verity has presented the trophy to the winners of the Tour de Yorkshire land art competition.
The art of success ... Sir Gary Verity hands over the trophy
 at a presentation at Sutton Bank.
The giant piece of art featuring a horse, a ram and a wild boar riding a penny farthing on Sutton Bank was crowned the winner of the competition after beating 11 other finalists in a public vote, in which more than 2,000 votes were cast.

The North York Moors national park authority and Hambleton district council commissioned the 70-metre high, 40-metre wide painting, entitled The Finest View which shows the animals looking out over what James Herriot called “the finest view in England.”

Monday, 27 June 2016

Region's art talent spotlighted

The North York Moors national park's Inspired by gallery at Danby hosts an outdoor fair showcasing some of the region’s most talented artists next month.

The Artisan Art Fair, on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July is a joint venture by the gallery and the Scarborough Arts Forum, a Facebook group of more than over 400 Yorkshire-based artists.

Work by artists including Joy Green will be on display
during the two-day event.
Dean Regan, of the forum, said: "Twenty artists will have space in two large marquees, with further pop-up venues around the grounds. The marquees will be a buzz of activity with the artists demonstrating their techniques. Outside on the lawns more space will to be allocated to artists demonstrating an art or craft during the event.

“This new event will have the best of art from North Yorkshire. It will be the place to meet passionate local artists, see demonstrations and chat about creating art.

“We are also looking for musicians, singers and other performers and demonstrators to help with the festival feel and showcase their talents.”

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Monday, 20 June 2016

National parks are being kept in the dark ... and that's how they want it

The North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales national parks boast some of the darkest skies possible and little light pollution, according to new research by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

The most detailed ever satellite maps of England’s light pollution and dark skies confirm that 92 per cent of the skies above the North York Moors are in the two darkest categories while the Yorkshire Dales national park does even better with 98 per cent.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

National park grants up for grabs

The North York Moors National Park Authority is looking for projects to fund that will increase awareness of the area or will benefit local communities. Two types of grant up are for grabs.

Fish festival will be the catch of the day for coast's visitors

The North York Moors coast celebrates its fishing heritage with a ten-location festival featuring free tasters of freshly-caught and barbecued seafood, sea shanties, sketching workshops, a fortune-telling salmon and the unveiling of the newly-restored RNLI fish donation box.

You shall have a fishy ... this Staithes fisherwoman scene points back to a rich fishing heritage that will be celebrated along North York Moors coast this month. Photo by Tony Bartholomew/Turnstone Media). 

Fish. Fillet. Feast! on Saturday 18 June includes activities for all ages from Saltburn to Ravenscar. Villages including Runswick Bay, Sandsend and Robin Hood’s Bay are taking part as well as Staithes, the largest fishing port along the North East coast back in the late 1800s.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Celebrated author's national park date

Rob Cowen.
Award-winning local author Rob Cowen talks about his work at an afternoon event at The North York Moors national park's Danby visitor centre on Sunday 19 June.

The event is being organised with Ryedale Book Festival.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Business urged to back national parks

Join us! That's the messages to businesses to team up with national parks – and there are two of them in North Yorkshire – to ensure the unique areas survive.

Led by a board of directors comprising senior executives volunteering from the private sector and key commercial leaders from the national park authorities, the newly-launched National Parks Partnerships is recruiting companies to make the areas better and to help more people to enjoy them..

Peter Charlesworth, chairman of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, said: “The financial and economic realities of today mean that there can, and should, be a much greater collaboration between business and national parks.

“Done properly, there is an opportunity to ensure that national parks can benefit from business expertise and funding, to ensure a bright future for these wonderful places.”

Initiatives being looked a include helping provide for children who would not normally get the chance to have educational experiences in 'outdoor classrooms' in national parks; maintaining accessible paths throughout the national parks and opportunities to collaborate on environmental initiatives including sustainable transport, water and carbon management.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Hopes high that ideas will flood in for river funding bid

An appeal has gone out to volunteers to get involved in a project to share ideas and experiences of what makes the catchment area of the River Rye special and shape a bid for conservation funding.

The North York Moors National Park Authority is working with the Rye Catchment Partnership to look at developing an application to secure funding. Anyone interested is invited to attend one of two 7pm meetings on Wednesday 20 April at Chop Gate village hall and Thursday 28 April at Nunnington village hall

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Walking festival organisers about to get into their stride again

Get your boots on! That's the message as the North York Moors national park gets ready to launch its second walking festival.

Best foot forward ... a guided walk in the national park.
Photo by Brian Nicholson.
The series of guided strolls and hikes will shed light on the beauty spots, heritage and wildlife of the area during the three-day event.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural WalkFest, the national park has lined up experts to lead 13 guided walks, each with a different theme, over the Spring Bank Holiday from Saturday 28 - Monday 30 May.

Monday, 28 March 2016

National park club teaches families how to look after habitats

The North York Moors National Park’s Explorer Club gets under way again in May and families with young children are being urged to get learn about the area's habitats and how to care for them. The club meets one Saturday or Sunday a month for six months.

Getting the habitat habit ... the national park's
Explorer Club offers a range of activities.
Park staff are holding an information day for families to find out more about the club from 2.30pm – 4.30pm on Sunday 24 April at the national park's Danby centre. Current members will talk about their experience. There will also be an opportunity to take part in activities such as stile building and creating natural works of art.
Derek Benn and his family are members. He said “The days are really well organised, safe and well led."

Further information: contact Tammy Andrews on 01439 772700; email

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

National park provides a great place to learn for its apprentices

With National Apprenticeship Week under way, the North York Moors national park authority has been showing off the work of its own apprentices on the beautiful landscape. The group has been developing a range of new skills, working in a variety of roles.

Ian Nicholls, the national park's assistant director of corporate services, said: “We offer a brilliant range of opportunities for apprentices.

"We feel it’s really important to provide training for young people to help them to live and work locally.”

As well as the more traditional skills such as dry stone walling, building fences and maintaining rights of way, the outdoor apprentices are also being taught a new set of skills to help with the challenges facing the environment such as flood defence work around Pickering and Sinnington.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Inspiration is second nature for national park's new art exhibition

An artist whose work is familiar to tea drinkers worldwide is showing wildlife paintings at the North York Moors national park's Inspired by… gallery at Danby, next month.

Goshawk by Andrew Hutchinson.
Pickering-based Andrew Hutchinson is best known for his highly detailed portrayals of the natural world, taking inspiration from the beauty of the local area.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Love is in the air at gallery

A new season of exhibitions at North Yorkshire’s beautiful Inspired by… gallery opens with a Valentine’s weekend event.

The gallery, at Danby's Moors National Park Centre, marks the opening of two new exhibitions, featuring paintings, fractal art and jewellery with a Love in the Air weekend. There'll be a ‘meet the artists’ day on Saturday 13 February when visitors will also be treated to free chocolates and a glass of wine. Harpist Sarah Dean will perform on Sunday 14 February.

Under Sheltering Skies showcases the work of Stokesley’s Leven Art Society, and Recurring Dreams features the unusual fractal images of Vienna Forrester, and jewellery based on them.

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